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Johnny Hudson Schools Laurel Students On Suicide Prevention

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LAUREL, Del. - Nearly 16 percent of high school teens nationwide admit they've considered suicide. That's why one Maryland man is sharing his life-changing experience with teens in Delaware.

"Don't take your life, don't do it, life is worth living," said Dr. Johnny Hudson, a public speak from Baltimore.

Hudson is a true inspiration. He was born with a condition that left him with no arms or legs, and just one foot. He hit rock bottom when he was a teen, and even thought of suicide.

However, Hudson says he overcame that. He's now a husband, proud father and very independent. In fact, he's mastered the skill of driving, and is definitely better behind the wheel than most.

"If this is the worst day that you're having, then tomorrow is going to be a better day," said Hudson. @

He hopes his words of wisdom will strike a chord with students from Laurel Middle School. No surprise, he was a big hit, especially with his personal digs.

"You might be an armless guy if you ever said 'look ma no hands'," he said. "Yeah I was very impressed," said 8th grader, Nick Little.

"When he was making the jokes and stuff about how he had no arms it showed me he was happy with himself," said 8th grader, Tyanna Handy.

Tragedy has struck Delaware schools at least five times in the past year, but many students say they've learned a valuable lesson.

"Nothing is ever too bad that you should have to kill yourself and if you ever think about it, you should probably talk to someone about," said Daisy Tillman.

Hudson is also hosting a Youth Rally on Saturday night at the Bayview Baptist Church in Laurel. It's from 2 to 4:30, then everyone will head over to the bowling alley, where Hudson plans to show off his moves. It's $8 per person and includes pizza, beverages and two hours of bowling.

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